The Stage 

Barksdale Theatre Barksdale's Starry Nights continues with a performance of the 2001 Tony and Pulitzer Prize Award-winning "Proof," Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. Reception precedes at 7 p.m. 282-9440. Also, the Barksdale Boogie Nights Series continues with a performance of Samuel Beckett's "Play," directed by Melissa Hurt, Feb. 23-25 at 8 p.m. Tickets $8, $4 with student I.D. 1701 Willow Lawn Drive. 783-1688.

Cobb Theatre The Randolph-Macon College Drama Guild presents two plays by Spanish playwrights: "Pic-Nic," an absurdist anti-war play by Fernando Arrabal, 4 p.m. daily and "Death Thrust,"Alfonso Sastre's drama about a matador's suspicious death, 8 p.m. nightly. $5. Feb. 19-21. Randolph-Macon College. 752-7316.

Landmark Theater Benny Andersson and Bj”rn Ulvaeus' "Mamma Mia," a new musical based on the songs of ABBA, comes to the stage Feb. 19-March 2. Performances Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. with a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. Feb. 20, 22, 23, 26, March 1 and 2. No show Feb. 24. Tickets $26-$56. 6 N. Laurel St. 780-0200.

The Modlin Center Commemorate 18 years of dance with the University Dancers as they perform "Dancelebration," Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Repeat performances Feb. 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Also, Karen Eterovich celebrates — with humor and poignancy — Aprha Behn's last evening with her live-in-lover in her performance "Love Arm'd, Aphra Behn and Her Pen," Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Both performances at Alice Jepson Theatre. University of Richmond. 289-8980.

Richmond Symphony The symphony performs with guest soloist Jaime Laredo as part of the Masterworks Series, Feb. 22 and 24 at 8 p.m. at the Carpenter Center. The symphony also performs great works in a laid-back atmosphere with the "Meet the Masters Casual Concert," 3 p.m. at the Carpenter Center. $15 for series. 600 E. Grace St. 262-8003.


Comedy Alley "ComedySportz" improv shows similar to "Whose Line Is it Anyway?" Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. 7115 Staples Mill Road. $9-$10. 266-9377.

Fielden's Cabaret Theater The Richmond Triangle Players present the passionate love story "Vita and Virginia." Performances Feb. 20-22 and 28-March 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets $12-$14. 2033 W. Broad St. 346-8113.

Mystery Dinner Playhouse Solve the raucous resort murder mystery "Death Takes A Vacation," while enjoying a delicious four course dinner every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $34.95 Adults, $24.95 for children 12 and younger. Best Western's Governor's Inn. 9826 Midlothian Turnpike. 1-888-471-4802.

Science Museum of Virginia The Carpenter Science Theatre Company presents a play titled "North Star Light: Pathways to Freedom" in celebration of Black History Month, Tuesdays-Fridays at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. $5. Through March 7. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400.

Swift Creek Mill Theater Last season's knockout "Always … Patsy Cline," is back Thursdays through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., select Wednesdays and Sunday matinees. Through March 12. Tickets $24-$25.75. Colonial Heights. 748-5203.

Theatre IV Essential Theatre and Theatre Gym perform "Boom Town," a comic-drama about passion, corruption, big-city dreams and a small town, in the Little Theatre. Performances Saturdays at 8:15 p.m. with a special Feb. 23 performance at 7 p.m. Through March 1. $15. 114 W. Broad St. 344-8040.$25.75. Colonial Heights.


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